Saturday, September 19, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer


August 14, 2015

Guy Ritchie

Warner Bros. Pictures

1 hour 56 minutes



Back in 2010, director Guy Ritchie helped Robert Downey Jr. class up the 1800s in the reboot of the "Sherlock Holmes" franchise.  Five years later, Ritchie is back with a new lead actor, a new period setting, and a new franchise to reboot.  If you haven't heard of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" before, then you're probably not alone.  This film is an adaptation of a TV series from the 1960s of the same name about a CIA agent who must team up with a KGB agent to stop crime and other world problems during the Cold War.  Henry Cavill, best known as Superman in "Man of Steel," plays CIA agent in Napoleon Solo, while "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer plays KGB agent Illya Kuryakin.  Add in the likes of "Ex Machina's" Alicia Vikander and the irresistible Hugh Grant, and the formula for this reboot is in place.  But the question that remains is whether or not the formula works.  To answer that blatantly, yes it does.

There are moments where the movie gets a little full of itself, as well as a bit confusing at times.  However, once the action and comedy kick in, the film becomes a non-stop montage of crazy fun.  Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer deliver some solid performances though the scene-stealer comes in the form of Henry Cavill.  Cavill brings this level of class to his performance that makes him so charming to watch as the story goes along.  As an action movie, it features some of the fastest action put into a recent movie.   It also manages to be a comedy as it has some of the funnier moments to come out of a summer blockbuster.  I never expected this movie to do well at the box office, but I do feel like this is still something that should be checked out.  "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is an energetic, self-aware, and entertaining spy caper that may be one of the most fun surprises 2015 has had to offer.

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